Shambhala meditation instructors are senior Shambhala Buddhist practitioners specially trained and authorized to help people deepen and expand their conceptual and experiential understanding of meditation (see below).
We encourage anyone interested in this journey to establish a working relationship with the meditation instructor of her/his choice and keep working with the instructor for as long as doing so feels beneficial.
To set up a meeting with a meditation instructor contact the Coordinator, Sarah Chandler at email@example.com or 207-865-1907. For introductory meditation instruction we also have Shambhala Guides who can provide initial instruction. See the list below and contact Sarah for an appointment.
Brunswick Portland Shambhala Center meditation instructors currently available are listed below.
In Shambhala, mindfulness-awareness meditation is the foundation of everything we do. Originating from Shakyamuni Buddha about 2,600 years ago, this practice is the art of resting the mind, opening the heart, and appreciating what it is to be fully human.
“Meditation is looking at our own backyard, you could say, looking at what we really have and discovering the richness that already exists.”
ABOUT MEDITATION INSTRUCTION
Perhaps the Brunswick Portland Shambhala Center’s most valuable offering, meditation instruction is available to anyone, free of charge. We offer introductory instruction to newcomers and follow-up instruction to other practitioners. Depending on a student’s interest and experience, meditation instruction might include:
- Introducing the practice of meditation
Introductory meditation instruction presents the basic meditation practice taught in the Shambhala community. This practice combines a simple three-part technique and a particular view or attitude.
- Clarifying the view of meditation
In our tradition, meditation instruction involves more than the communication of a technique; it is, at heart, about the transmission of the revolutionary view that unconditional wisdom and compassion are the very ground of our being, and that by learning to relax more and more fully, we allow this fundamental nature to flower.
- Instruction on working with obstacles to meditation
Common obstacles to meditation include disheartenment, resistance, procrastination, discursiveness and spacing out. The obstacles are well documented in the Shambhala Buddhist teachings—and so are their antidotes.
- Guidance on the path of practice and study
Shambhala presents many opportunities for students to deepen their practice and study—public meditation sessions, weeknight classes, weekend programs, retreats and seminaries, to name a few. A meditation instructor can help you decide what to do next and when to do it.
- Guidance on joining meditation and daily life
The workaday world is where the rubber meets the road. Getting the tools to meet life’s ups and downs with a strong and pliable mind and an open heart is another potential benefit of working with a meditation instructor.
Brunswick Portland Shambhala Center Meditation Instructors
Brunswick /Portland Shambhala Guides
Shambhala Guides are individuals who have received training in offering initial meditation instruction. In addition, they are available to answer questions about the culture and more general information about what Shambhala Buddhism has to offer. Feel free to make connection with them at the centers or to ask for initial instruction, contact Sarah Chandler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-865-1907 to make an appointment.